Sunday, February 13, 2011

How to make Macarons Anyone?

I've been wanting to write about the Macarons I made since my sister's last visit but forgot about it, until now. Since I've been baking a lot these days and coincidentally, most times I just use egg yolks rather than the whole egg, I normally end up with plenty of egg white in the kitchen. Last Friday, as I had some time free from baking buns, and I had plenty of leftover egg whites, I decided to make some macarons once more.


After a bit of Googling and browsing for tips about macarons, I eventually managed to get it right on the hmm...I don't know, maybe the third time. In my opinion, macarons shouldn't be that easy to make but it's a bit tricky if you don't get the ingredients right first time around. Well, I'll share you the tips later but first, do enjoy pictures of my macarons with Nutella and peanut butter filling (I am just too lazy to make the proper filling from scratch).






These are the recipes:


90 grams egg white
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
110 grams ground almond
200 grams icing/powdered sugar


Whip the egg whites until foamy and add sugar until you have a glossy meringue. Don't overbeat.
Combine  ground almond and powdered sugar and don't be too gentle in folding them in the egg whites. Use a large pastry bag to pipe out the batter on the tray (with parchment paper on it) either using #807 tip or just cut the end of the bag manually. Not too small and not too big. Let them harden for a while and bake for at least 15 minutes in a preheated oven between 150 to 170 degrees. 


Let them cool down and sandwich them with any filling, ganache or spread you like.


Ok these are my tips:
  • Make sure the egg whites have been at room temperature for at least 24 hours beforehand. Mine was on the counter for 3 days and maybe more. To be extra safe, make sure it's kept in an air tight container (well weather in Ireland is very cold these days).
  • Don't over beat as it could turn out to be meringue (crunchy) instead of a macaron (more gooey)
First attempt at macaroon making. I think I over beat it that time.
  • When folding in the powdered sugar and almond, make sure it's folded altogether with the eggs. I whipped my powdered sugar after the egg whites are foamy and glossy for 2 minutes and not so gently folded in ground almond with a spatula.
  • You can used ready made ground almond or you could ground whole almonds yourself. The texture will be the same as long as you grind it properly.
  • When piping out the batter, you can make your own circle template by making one (or a few) with a piece of paper and just put underneath your parchment paper,  if you're afraid that the size will be different. Otherwise don't bother just like me. Hehehe. Get it?
Pic courtesy from Chefinyou or you can download template here
  • Leave them for at least an hour before baking.
  • To loosen the macarons, you can run water behind the parchment paper as soon as it comes out from the oven. Not too much water of course, just enough to wet the paper a bit otherwise you macarons will get soggy. I do this because I think it's kind of hard to do it after it's cooled down and the macarons will crumble if you separate the macaroons from the sheets as soon as it's out from the oven.
  • Let it dry on a wire rack to let it cool down and harden properly. 
  • You can always mix the desired colour and flavour into the recipe but if possible, find the colouring or flavouring in either gel or powdered form because if the mixture is too runny, you won't get the desired texture.
Happy cooking and if you try it, you won't regret it.


It looks and tastes nice anyway!

14 comments:

Rina NAR said...

erm br terpikir nk try tp mcm ssh lah & byk keje lah plak...eheh...dh la kat sini bende tuh mahal gile...kt trg jangan harap la ada kan...maybe i shld jual ni kan :)

ztie said...

haii.. dari dulu lagi nak buat ni. tp tak terbuat2 and asyik failure jer bila tlg kwn buat. nampak delicious la...

zarin said...

hmmmm masih tk terbuat buat lg sbb mcm susah aje :D..maybe shud try ths after buat kek lapis..byk sgt dh buang the egg whites

Ermayum said...

benda ni seems menjadi kegemaran semua orang but me :D but yours certainly look gebu and montot and menggoda with choc filling gitu :)

Ermayum said...

benda ni seems menjadi kegemaran semua orang but me :D but yours certainly look gebu and montot and menggoda with choc filling gitu :)

SumaiyyahAbidah said...

Wow... and I hear my tummy rumbling...

I read on the internet that there are 'macarons' and there are 'macaroons'. I'm not sure if they're the same thing, but your macaroons look yummilicious!

Unaizah said...

Sebelum ni red velvet cake, now macaroons mania pulak. Sana sini org cakap pasal macaroon. Sedap ke rasanya? I tak penah try lagi. Penah jumpa tp harga selalunya mahal so tak try pun. Sebab takut tak berbaloi.

Ms Pancake said...

Should try to make macaroons.. yum! >.<

Mummy Nana said...

Rina: Kat sini pun mahal.... nak beli selalu xdapek lah tu yg buat sendiri...hehe.. benda nie simple jek nak buat Rina.. but serious a bit tricky... xpe.. u cuba jaya guna tips2 I bg tu.. ok nya... mmg boleh buat business...

Ztie: Tulah.. nie pun dah try buat few times... at last jadi.. seronok.. yeay....

Zarin: Betul..betull first time I buat cam senang jek bila tgk ingredients.. tapi byk pantang larang kot nie baru menjadi.. u byk telur putih.. boleh cuba buat sikit2.... gud luck..

Ermayum: Hehehe... I mmg suka apa2 yg bercoklat... yg peanut butter tu pun my husband yg nak... malas nak buat filling sendiri.... next time kot.. buat berperisa risa... mmm... mmg tgh musim kan menda nie... tapi harga.. perghhh..

Mummy Nana said...

Sumaiyyah: Akak pun confuse... tapi kat Wiki tulis camnie... heheh..xpelah asalkan org tahu yg mana satu.. ahaks... thanks.

Una: Tulah... trend masa kinie.. tapi mmg mahal nak mati harga.. cam tak berbaloi.. sekali ngap abes dah... pastu kalau salah pilih falvour yg xsedap dah rugi... hehehe

Ms Pancake: U should... seriously... worth a try...:-)

naniesc said...

power seyhh... sebijik da mcm kat kedai..
yg mase ngn nani tu ade la nmpk sket tp more to version sendiri hehe..
cool2.. bole letak one of menu kt mummy nana's oven..
all the best sista~

Mummy Nana said...

Power lah SEY.... tapi malangnya Acu dah xdtg sini dah.... huhuhu.. kalau tak leh merasa..... nanti nak wat yg flavour2 lain lak... mesti best... masuk dlm menu? Ahaks.... nanti2lah... hehehehe dasar pemalas.. tapi nak duit..camno tu...

jat said...

whaat kak nana pandai buat macaroons. bukan susah gile ke?
I love love love macaroons. Ok I'm coming over now

Mummy Nana said...

Hahah... ikut nasib.. sometime jadi... sometime not.. hehe... mcm senang but bit tricky... u have to get the ingredients rite... but... yeah.. yeah... come over just for macaoons.... will wait for u... cepat mak cik Jat... how about this summer???

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